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Joel Bear

@joelbear |

Joel is overly passionate about innovation and timeless storytelling. He and his wife Maggie are full- time photographers and directors who work in Los Angeles and Denver. He is also a marketing director and editor in Los Angeles. He has a fervent passion for learning, mangos, retro surfboards, the color mustard yellow and third wave coffee.

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What's your United By Blue gear must-have?

It’s the roller bag, It’s the perfect carry-on item and I will often play all my camera gear in it when traveling. Its been really worn in and loved.


Favorite Trail?

My favorite hike, is really a battle between, Banaue Rice Terraces in the Philippines or Taft Point in Yosemite.


Lakes vs. Ocean?

Ocean all the way. I’m a very passionate surfer, who has a life goal of surfing in every major ocean. I love the way the storms roll over the sea and the feeling of gliding across the face of a glassy wave.


What keeps you motivated to explore?

Curiosity. Its like a positive drug. Even when we’re on location for an assignment I’m always curious about whats around the conner. I really am curious about Antarctica.

Something people don't know about you?

Honestly after I was born I almost became legally blind, But thats a story for another time.



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